Duggar-Based 'Law & Order: SVU' Episode Seems to Be Sensationalizing the Family's Scandal

It's not exactly a secret that Law and Order: SVU likes to rip headlines out of the news and create shows loosely based on the facts. Now SVU is taking on the Duggar family saga -- but are they taking it too far?


In the upcoming November 4 episode, titled "Patrimonial Burden," the show will revolve around a famous reality TV family with 10 children. The family is notoriously virtuous, but of course there's a closet full of skeletons, because of course. Even though there are nine less kids than TLC's now-canceled 19 Kids and Counting, we can't help but notice the parallelism.

In the SVU episode, the 13-year-old daughter ends up pregnant, leading the team to investigate the famous family and learn that things aren't always as they appear on camera.

Peter Scanavino, who plays Detective Carisi on the show, talked about Josh Duggar's molestation scandal before the season premiere this year, and made the connection to the Duggars and what kinds of episodes they'd be shooting this season. He said, "I have never been so infuriated with someone's level of hypocrisy, and lying, and then displacement of responsibility onto something else." 

He continued, "When I think about [Josh], it boils my blood, I will say."

Couldn't agree more with that -- what Josh has done to his family is inexcusable, atrocious, and just plain awful. But I do have a bit of a problem with their decision to impregnate the young teen daughter.

What Josh did to Jill, Jessa, two of his other sisters, and an unnamed minor family friend as a young teen in the early 2000s was absolutely terrible ... but call me crazy, I think there's a difference between touching someone above their clothes and raping them.

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Josh obviously has issues that didn't get dealt with like the family assumed, since after the molestation scandal broke, it came out that he used the notorious cheater site Ashley Madison to cheat on his wife Anna and their four children, but as far was we know, he didn't rape anyone.

I think that sensationalizing this story and turning it into one of rape and pregnancy is so unfair to Jill, Jessa, and Josh's other victims, because not only is it forcing them to relive it (even if they don't watch, they're bound to hear about it), but it's also making it into something so much worse than it actually was.

That family has had enough to deal with thanks to Josh's ass-hattery, and if a television network would like to string him up for his crimes, fine. But don't put Josh's victims into it and sensationalize their identities and roles in what happened.

It's unfair to them, and I wish that SVU hadn't decided to go down this road.


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